FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE:June 23, 2015
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Assembly Committee Votes to Protect California Students
Committee Votes to Ensure That Life-Saving Medications are Placed on Campus
SACRAMENTO: Legislation authored by Senate Minority Leader Bob Huff (R-San Dimas) passed the Assembly Business and Professions Committee today and will now move to the Assembly Judiciary Committee. SB 738 is follow-up legislation from SB 1266, which Senator Huff successfully authored and the governor signed into law last year. The legislation required public schools to stock epinephrine auto injectors on campus so critically important medicine can be administered quickly and safely if a student suffered from a serious anaphylactic allergy reaction during school hours.
Recent data from the California School Nurses Organization shows that many schools who are trying to implement SB 1266 cannot because they cannot obtain the necessary prescription from physicians, who cite liability concerns.
“Many public schools who want to comply with the intent of SB 1266 and stock life-saving epinephrine on campus have been prevented from doing so because they’ve been unable to obtain a prescription,” said Senator Huff during today’s hearing. “We know this policy is working. The San Marcos School District potentially saved a child’s life because of this policy and we’ve heard similar reports from three other school districts.”
SB 738 will provide limited liability protection for prescribing physicians writing standing order prescriptions in order to comply with SB 1266 and is similar to current law as it relates to liability for AEDs and opioid antagonists.
“There are other states such as Nevada and Virginia who also require schools to stock life-saving epinephrine on campus and also offer similar liability protections to physicians,” said Senator Huff.
Senator Huff serves as the Senate Republican Leader and represents the 29th Senate District covering portions of Los Angeles, Orange and San Bernardino Counties. Follow Senator Huff on Twitter at @bobhuff99.